The Professional Golfers Association of America voted Sunday to cancel the PGA Championship at President Trump’s New Jersey golf course next year over the US Capitol riot.
Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America, said the organization was forced to cut ties with Trump and the golf club in Bedminster after his comments fueled a riot at the US Capitol building last week.
“We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making,” Waugh said. “Our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster…The only real course of action was to leave.”
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The board voted to scrap plans for the tournament because it’s beholden to “our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand,” Waugh said.
The US Capitol riot — which resulted in five people dying as Trump-boosters breached the building — sparked a fierce debate among golfers about whether Trump’s contract with the PGA